When my friends at the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture asked if I would round up the cheese for an afternoon of pairing artisan cheeses, chocolates and local craft beers, how could I resist?
Mary Izett, a Certified Beer Judge let the presentation and tasting at the Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg. The beers included Water Gap Wheat, RauchBock, Hoppy Trails India Pale Ale, Broad Street Barleywine and Susquehanna Stout. There was also a Raspberry Mead that was delicious.
When I arrived, I began the task of cutting the remaining soft cheeses as I didn't want the paste to dry out too much. We had the Daisy Tomme and Smoke Signal from Calkins Creamery, Pipe Dreams Fromage Bouche Log which is an aged, ash-coated chevre, Stone Meadows Farm Camembert, Lesher from Keswick Creamery and Shepherds' Delight, a sheeps milk cheese from Otterbein Acres. All the cheeses were provided by artisan cheesemakers in Pennsylvania. The chocolate selection was equally delicious. There were White Chocolate Covered Almonds from Chocolates by Tina, Double Dark Chocolate Truffles and Dark Orange Bits (my personal favorite!) from Cafe Chocolate, Wilbur Buds & Caramels from Wilbur Chocolate and Hershey's Extra Dark Cranberries, Blueberries & Almonds.
I can't wait to do this again!